angela (stylized with a lower case initial) is a Japanese pop band, notable for having their music portrayed as theme songs for several anime television shows. The main members are Atsuko and Katsu. Their signature upbeat tunes and rich arrangements combine elements of electronica, dance, rock, swing jazz and ska. In 2008, they started an alter ego band called Domestic Love Band (ドメスティック・ラヴバンド).
Although both Atsuko and Katsu were born in Okayama Prefecture, they met for the first time in Tokyo at a music school. In 1993 angela was formed and they began as street performers. In 1999 they made their debut with the single memories, however this release went largely unnoticed. However, in 2002 angela signed on with Starchild. Their breakthrough came when they wrote the opening song, "Asu e no brilliant road" (明日へのbrilliant road), along with three different ending themes for the anime Stellvia of the Universe. Their first album, Sora no Koe (ソラノコエ) was released by Starchild in 2003. Since then they have provided songs for the show Fafner in the Azure and have released five more studio albums; I/O in 2004, PRHYTHM in 2006, a "best of compilation" Takarabako -Treasure Box- (宝箱 - Treasure Box) in 2007, Land Ho! in 2009, and mirror☆ge in 2011. In 2013 they celebrate their 10th anniversary by releasing the 6th studio album ZERO. The album peaks at #10 on the Oricon weekly album charts, making it their 2nd album to break into the Top 10.
In 2004, angela played at the Otakon Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The following year, 2005, saw live performances at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington, and also at Fan Expo Canada (known at the time as CN Anime) in Toronto, Canada.
Sora no Koe was released in the United States by the Geneon label as Voice of the Sky in January 2005. Their second album I/O was released under the Geneon label in the U.S. in August 2005. Their next album, PRHYTHM, was released by Geneon in the U.S. in November 2006.
In 2010, for the first time, angela performed at Southeast Asia's largest anime convention, Anime Festival Asia (AFA), held annually in Singapore. It is also their first time performing in the country. In 2011, they followed up with another performance organised by jplex in Singapore at Republic Polytechnic. In the same year, they appeared in Singapore again at Anime Festival Asia 2011. In 2012, they were invited for the third time to perform at Anime Festival Asia 2012 in Indonesia. The following year in 2013, they would return to perform in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 2013.
In July 2013 they performed for the first time in Paris, France at the Japanese culture convention, Japan Expo.
On 31 October 2013, angela launched their official YouTube channel.
Full name: Atsuko Yamashita (山下 敦子, Yamashita Atsuko),
Born: January 23, 1975,
Origin: Okayama Prefecture,
In charge of: Vocal, song composition and lyrics,
Full name: Katsunori Hirasato (平里 勝敬, Hirasato Katsunori),
Born: June 12, 1974,
Origin: Okayama Prefecture,
In charge of: Song composition and arrangement, plays keyboard and guitar,
Full name: Yasuhiro Kojima (小島 億洋, Kojima Yasuhiro),
Born: April 8,
In charge of: drum,
Yuuki (ユウキ, Yūki)
Full name: Yūki Somekawa (染川 裕紀, Somekawa Yūki),
Born: December 2,
In charge of: bass,
Full name: Kanako Yamaguchi (山口 佳名子, Yamaguchi Kanako),
Born: June 18,
In charge of: violin,
In charge of: trombone,
In charge of: trumpet,
In charge of: saxophone,
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